Just who are these Blackhawks you speak of?
Chicago Blackhawks 7-3-3; 17 pts (2nd in Central)
Patrick Sharp 9 Goals
Nikolai Khabibulan 7 GP 4-1-2 2.38 GAA .919 Sv%
Cristobal Huet 6 GP 3-2-1 2.45 GAA .916 Sv%
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Colin Fraser 23 PIM, 3 Fighting Majors
Adam Burish 44 PIM, 2 Fighting Majors
Ben Eager 38 PIM, 2 Fighting Majors
Matt Walker 10 PIM, 2 Fighting Majors
Tonight, the Blackhawks will honor defensemen Pierre Pilote and Keith Magnuson by retiring the #3.
Pierre Pilote played 13 seasons with the Blackhawks from 1955 to 1968. He played in 8 All Star Games and was awarded the Norris Trophy 3 times.
Keith Magnuson played his entire 11 year NHL career in a Blackhawks uniform from 1969 to 1980. Magnuson had a career +/- of +170. He was named to 2 All Star teams and twice led the league in PIMs. Magnuson died in a automobile accident in 2003 at the age of 56.
Shane Hnidy: Questionable (Undisclosed Lower Body Injury)
Brent Sopel: Questionable (Undisclosed Injury)
James Wisniewski: I-R (Knee)
Things to Look for Tonight:
- Can the B's shutdown Chicago's high-powered offense. The Hawks are second only to the Detroit Red Wings in goals per game with 3.62. The Blackhawks have scored 12 goals in their past two games.
- Chicago's special teams play has been very solid. Their power play is fourth in the NHL with a 22% success rate. They also own the second best penalty kill in the league (90.6%).
- Jonathan Toews is suffering through the definition of a sophomore slump. Toews has only one goal in 13 games after scoring 24 goals in 64 games during his rookie season.
- The Blackhawks have finally decided that television isn't an evil fad that is going to destroy professional sports. They finally decided that it might be beneficial to air all their games in the third largest television market in the United States.
- Who will be in net for the Blackhawks? Huet and Khabibulan have split time so far this year. Cristobal Huet got the start last game and looked sharp, only giving up one goal and making 22 saves.
Today's Obligatory Embarrassing YouTube
I usually post an embarrassing video of the opposing team's fans but since most Blackhawks fans just recently jumped on the bandwagon when they found out that the team was going to play a game of pond hockey at Wrigley Field, it was difficult to find a good video. I decided to go with this clip of Patrick Kane bawling his eyes out because his coach got fired. It looks like someone went to the Brett Favre School of Media Relations.